News from The Veggie Bin: December 29, 2011

What’s in the bin this week?

Top row left to right: butter leaf lettuce, red bell peppers, purple cauliflower, collard greens

Bottom row left to right: carrots, strawberries, turnips, Chinese honey tangerines, baby bok choy

NOTE: Don’t be alarmed by the violet purple color of your cauliflower! It is absolutely natural – no dyes or funny business. That lovely purple color comes from an antioxidant group called “anthocyanins” which also gives red cabbage and red wine their color.

green text indicates organic produce

brown text indicates sustainable practices

Please visit our website for organic box information.

Want to learn more about the sourcing of each item?  Here’s a video which walks you through every item in your box this week.

This week’s Veggie Unearthed: Baby Bok Choy

Note: this is full-sized bok choy. Your baby bok choy will, of course, be smaller. Please see our “This Week’s Bin” photo or video for a better idea of size.

Baby bok choy has a sweet, crispy, light flavor that goes well in any application where you’d commonly include greens. The name comes from the Cantonese language (usually spelled “Pak Choi”) and means “white vegetable.” It is most commonly grilled, braised, roasted or stir-fried, but don’t be afraid to think outside of the box with this versatile veggie.  At just nine little calories per cup, it’s rich in fiber, folic acid and vitamin C.

Storage:
Wash and dry your bok choy thoroughly, then store it in a plastic bag in your refrigerator. The easiest way to thoroughly wash is to submerge the greens in a sink or bowl of water then swish them around vigorously. A salad spinner would also be an excellent idea, otherwise you’ll need to lay the greens out on a clean dish towel to dry thoroughly. As with most greens, moisture contributes to rot. Properly stored, it could last up to three days, but we suggest using all green leaf vegetables as soon as possible for maximum crunchy goodness.

A helpful video on how to clean baby bok choy:

Recipes:
Grilled Baby Bok Choy

Roasted Baby Bok Choy

Braised Baby Bok Choy

Stir-Fried Baby Bok Choy

Need Veggie Tech Support? Visit us on Facebook to share recipes and tips with other Veggie Bin customers and ask any questions you might have about the contents of your bin. You can also email us at info@theveggiebin.com.

Berry Season Already?

Organic Strawberries from this week’s bin

It’s hard to believe that at this time last year, we had three frosts under our belts which damaged our local berry crops. This year’s warm weather may have made it harder to get in the holiday spirit, but it’s been great for strawberries! In this week’s bin you’ll find some first-picking berries that will transport you to those warm summer days to come… probably next week. Enjoy!

Happy New Year!

The Veggie Bin is looking forward to a great 2012! We are so thankful for our customers. With your help, we are supporting local farmers and artisans to be sure that they keep going for many years to come. We hope you’ll take that next step and resolve to share the Veggie Bin with your friends and neighbors this year.

As a special thank you, you’ll earn $15 in Veggie Bin bucks for every new customer you send our way in the  month of January – up to five! That means you could earn up to $75 in Veggie Bucks to use for any of our delicious add-on products seen below.

Remember that we deliver to any business or group in our delivery area, so you could earn those Veggie Bucks with just one group sign-up! Best of all, you’ll be sharing the healthiest way to kick off a new year. Thanks again for being a part of the Veggie Bin!

We Want Your Feedback

Please visit our 2011 customer survey to help us better serve you in 2012. Your suggestions are extremely valuable to us!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Please remember that you can re-use your Veggie Bin boxes. Just leave your empty boxes at your door or hand them off to our delivery folks to make yet another contribution to keeping your footprint small.

Happy Cooking!

~Amie

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